Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

The international transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your daily schedule into a jumble.

When times feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re probably spending a lot more time there today. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

Did you know we can put in indoor air quality products in your home that offer hospital-grade filtration? These options can eliminate bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Up-to-date houses are tightly sealed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air might be more contaminated than the air outside. In actuality, the says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This might be troublesome, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

There are many of elements that can lead to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These could cause headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There’s a combination of steps you can take to improve your air quality. Some solutions include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which system is a good fit for your home? Our skilled professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several areas that impact your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then recommend the best solution for your home’s distinctive needs.

Keep reading to learn more about the air quality equipment we offer.

 

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s essential to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how effectively it filters air.

One of the most common and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are a little bit better, rated between 8 and 12.

We recommend buying at least a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal results. This filter gives fresher air while reducing energy use*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the best in air filtration, since they’re usually used in hospitals. They’re effective at trapping 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, like pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Whatever filter you select, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been fully examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC unit working smoothly.

Ahead of installing an upgraded filter, contact us at 407-477-6319. Our professionals can help you find the right solution for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the most advanced air purification units you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while handling all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, including ones that lead to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added on the inside of your HVAC equipment. Its powerful rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system can deliver much-needed relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an additional bonus for your HVAC unit. It could help it last longer and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest using one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It fulfills this without restricting your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your home could help keep your household from getting sick when it’s cold. It can aid sore throats, flaky skin and chapped lips, amidst added cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t aware of what your house’s humidity percentage is, we’ll determine it while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts generally recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally works with your furnace or air handler to give optimal humidity throughout your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to spread humidity during the time your HVAC unit isn’t operating.

Depend on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Osceola Air, LLC, we’re passionate about making your residence comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality products, which are the most complete solution on the market.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We’re concerned about the well-being of you and your household. That’s why our techs are taking extra precautions when we come to your residence.

To discover more about our air quality equipment, give us a call at 407-477-6319 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also handle any worries you can have with a professional visiting your home today.

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*Based on in-duct testing that shows Healthy Climate® filters reduce airflow restriction. Greater restriction of airflow creates a greater load on a unit’s fan motor, increasing energy consumption.